DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR OCTOBER
God our Father, we come to You in our need, to ask Your protection against the COVID-19 that has disturbed and even claimed lives.
We pray that You guide the people tasked to find cures for this disease and to stem its transmission.
Protect the medical experts that they may minister to the sick with competence and compassion.
We pray for those afflicted. May they be restored to health soon.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.
Give us the grace in this trying time to work for the good of all and to help those in need.
We implore You to stop the spread of this virus and to save us from our fears.
Grant all these through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
We fly to Your protection, oh Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, Oh glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Peter Apostle, pray for us.
Within your will, O Lord, all things are established, and there is none that can resist your will. For you have made all things, the heaven and the earth, and all that is held within the circle of heaven; you are the Lord of all.
1st Reading (Is 5:1-7)
A reading from the prophet Isaiah.
Let me sing to my friend the song of his love for his vineyard. My friend had a vineyard on a fertile hillside. He dug the soil, cleared it of stones and planted choice vines in it. In the middle he built a tower, he dug a press there too. He expected it to yield grapes, but sour grapes were all that it gave. And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, I ask you to judge between my vineyard and me. What could I have done for my vineyard that I have not done? I expected it to yield grapes. Why did it yield sour grapes instead? Very well, I will tell you what I am going to do to my vineyard: I will take away its hedge for it to be grazed on, and knock down its wall for it to be trampled on. I will lay it waste, unpruned, undug; overgrown by the briar and the thorn. I will command the clouds to rain no rain on it. Yes, the vineyard of the Lord of Hosts is the House of Israel, and the men of Judah that chosen plant. He expected justice, but found bloodshed, integrity, but only a cry of distress.’
The Word of the Lord.
The vineyard of the Lord is the House of Israel.
2nd Reading (Phil 4:6-9)
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians.
There is no need to worry; but if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking God for it with prayer and thanksgiving, and that peace of God, which is so much greater than we can understand, will guard your hearts and your thoughts, in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, fill your minds with everything that is true, everything that is noble, everything that is good and pure, everything that we love and honour, and everything that can be thought virtuous or worthy of praise. Keep doing all the things that you learnt from me and have been taught by me and have heard or seen that I do. Then the God of peace will be with you.
The Word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia! I call you friends, says the Lord, because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father. Alleluia!
Gospel (Mt 21:33-43)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people, ‘Listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a winepress in it and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When vintage time drew near he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his servants, thrashed one, killed another and stoned a third. Next he sent some more servants, this time a larger number, and they dealt with them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them. “They will respect my son” he said. But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, “This is the heir. Come on, let us kill him and take over his inheritance.” So they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?’ They answered, ‘He will bring those wretches to a wretched end and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will deliver the produce to him when the season arrives.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the scriptures: It was the stone rejected by the builders that became the keystone. This was the Lord’s doing and it is wonderful to see? ‘I tell you, then, that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.’
The Gospel of the Lord.
The Lord is good to those who hope in him, to the soul that seeks him.
Next Week’s Readings
Is 25:6-10; Phil 4:12-14, 19-20; Mt 22:1-14
Feasts of the Week
Wed, 7 Oct - Our Lady of the Rosary
Remember to turn your clocks forward this Sunday, October 4th at 2:00am.
27TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A
(Reflection by Fr. Vincent John CMI)
Divine love can admit no rival. The love of God is anchored in his character which is love. God’s hands may at times turn against his people, but never his heart, like the master of the vineyard in the Gospel parable. God gave the people of Israel his love and friendship and a beautiful vineyard to tend (Mt 21:33), but like tenants of the parable, they rejected God’s friendship and betrayed his love. It hurt God so deeply that he asked: “What more could I do for my people than I have done?”(Is 5: 4). But God’s love is long and enduring, hence he sent his own Son hoping that they would respect and honour him. Nonetheless, they abused him and killed him. But God’s love was still unflagging. He chose to outdo the hatred of his people by a generous outpouring of his Holy Spirit on them. This means no matter how far we wander away from God, he gently seeks us out and brings us back to himself. This compassionate love of God towards us is to be an example of what we should do to one another.
We have many opportunities to show compassion to others. When we are hurt by someone, it can either cause bitterness and hatred or become an occasion for generous forgiving. We can be compassionate to an alcoholic in our family, to a spouse whose affection has become cold or to a teenager who rejects our family values. When we are let down by somebody whom we have helped, we feel like complaining, “After all that I did for them”! But such personal wounds can offer us a great chance to show God’s own compassion to the ungrateful. Perhaps we are afraid that compassion is dangerous, for it can change our lives, forcing us to see things through God’s eye, compelling us towards an interior conversion of our hearts. God is waiting for our conversion, from hearts of stone to hearts of flesh.
May God bless you.
LIVE STREAMING OF DAILY MASS FROM OUR CHURCH
Masses are Monday to Friday 8:30am, Saturday 9:00am and Sunday 10:30am.
Our church is live streaming daily Mass
Via Facebook Page https://m.facebook.com/stpetershoppers/
Via Zoom. ZOOM link https://zoom.us/j/93990476817 Meeting ID: 9399 047 6817.
Parishioners can now dial in via mobile phone or landline to participate in our daily Masses on ZOOM.
Landline – Dial 0011 618 6119 3900
Mobile – Dial +618 6119 3900
Once you connect you will be requested to put in the meeting ID: 9399 047 6817##.
Sunday 10.30 am Mass is also be available on Youtube, link as follows https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbjbs7HCv88&feature=youtu.be
The Parish Office is closed, however staff will be working from home on Tuesday/Thursday/Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. You can still contact us on the office phone 9749 4300 or send in your enquiries/prayer requests by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
TO KEEP YOURSELF UPDATED WITH PARISH NEWS
Parish website at http://stpeterapostlemission.org.au
Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/stpetershoppers/
Weekly Bulletin – kindly send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org to have a copy of our bulletin emailed to you every Friday.
ZOOM LINKS TO WEEKLY SERVICES
Bible Study Ministry
Every Monday from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Focus on Gospel of John, Chapter 14,
Please note new Meeting link and information below
Meeting ID: 91984220776 Password: 899140
St. Anthony’s Novena
Every Tuesday at 7:00pm, followed by Rosary
Meeting ID: 823 3823 7597, Password: 524250
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Novena
Every Wednesday at 7:00pm, followed by Rosary
Meeting ID: 836 3268 5197 Password: novena
St. Peter's Charismatic Prayer Community KNK
Every Saturday at 3:00pm – Divine Mercy & Praise & Worship
Meeting ID: 741 486 2105, Password: 023368
ONLINE CHILDREN’S LITURGY
St Peters Young Adults are holding Online Children’s Liturgy for children aged 5 – 8 years. The next session will be held this Sunday 4th October 2020 from 11:30am to 12:30pm. The sessions are held fortnightly. Children pray together, read and listen to the Gospel and are supported to grow in their faith through sharing and activities. We welcome you and your family to take part! Parents are required to register their children before attending. To enrol your child in this program, please email the Parish office at email@example.com or call on 9749 4300 (Tues/Thursday/Friday 9:00am – 3:30pm) and we will send you an enrolment form to register your child, which is to be completed and returned. Our parish ensures that child e-safety is maintained as we follow the child safety guidelines recommended by the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
MESSAGE FROM ARCHBISHOP PETER COMENSOLI
In his message this week, Archbishop Peter invites us to recognise how we are each participating in the life of grace during the pandemic despite being denied this opportunity to receive the Lord in the Eucharist. ‘Let us find ways of coming back to the source and summit of our Christian life as we call the Eucharist, and that we might be able to come back to the receiving of the Lord in Holy Communion. But we are not deprived of our baptism, or our confirmation.’ Please use the following link to listen to Archbishop Peter’s message https://youtu.be/rFmLhgcwnn0
MARCH FOR THE BABIES 2020 LIVE STREAMED SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10TH AT 1:00PM
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Annual March for the Babies 2020 will be a Live Streamed event @ 1:00pm on Saturday, October 10th. Join in online at www.mftb.online for Victoria’s largest pro-life event in defence of unborn children and their mothers. Featured speakers, powerful testimonies, music and opportunities to promote the “culture of life”.
LEADING A MISSIONARY PARISH
2 Sessions – Thursday 15 October & Thursday, 29 October, 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Register at www.trybooking.com/BKDAZ. Sessions are free. Zoom link sent upon registration.
PONDERING GRIEF - REFLECTION EVENT VIA ZOOM
Saturday 17 Oct 2020, 10am-1pm (AEST). Facilitated by ‘Heart of Life’ Counsellor/Supervisor/Educator Linda Espie, this event provides the opportunity to reflect on and honour our inner life of change and transition. With creative, space and gentle guiding support, this workshop will offer a sacred place for the breadth of human experiencing and spirit to guide individual exploration. Limited to 10 participants.Cost $30. Bookings and payment via Trybooking at https://www.trybooking.com/BLUEA. More information, from firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 9890 1101.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18TH
A third collection is normally taken up for World Mission Sunday, however due to the Coronavirus, there is a possibility that there may only be a few people physically in Churches in October. Catholic Mission continue to help people in Cambodia, Myanmar, India and Ghana. However, this has been made very difficult with the cancellation in Melbourne of the June/July Propagation of the Faith appeal. If you would like to make a donation to Catholic Mission to help them continue their outreach to people for whom the missionary outreach changes lives, this can be done using a mobile phone. The process is to send the word “GIVE” to the number: 0488 854 436. This prompts an immediate reply which provides a link to a platform to make a donation. More information visit www.catholicmission.org.au.
We pray for Msgr Anthony Kevin Toms PE, Djoanna Josue, Celine D’souza, Gudrun Steinhuber, Gerti Oberwandling, Eva Kochery, Hilda D’souza, Savio Britto, Brian Holmes, Nicolas Caruana, Martina Serrao, Silvia Braganca Silveira, Arokianathan Alphons, Bernard Saldanha, Enid Isaaks, Julieta Cabigao, Amanda Munsod, Reynaldo Esclares, France Rioux, Noemi Medel-Villareal, Gracias Manganelli, Mary Vella, K.M. Joseph, Marina Pagdanganan, Jane Burnnard, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.
We pray for Fr Donald Lourensz, Frank Davidson, David D’Souza, Carmelo Ravaneschi, Kathleen & Bob Alexander, Ferdinando Scrofani, Lawrence Meehan and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Irene Jones, Jean Cameron, Gordon Newman, Denis Webber, Monique Hoaster, Wilfredo Villareal, Rolando Navarro, Francis Goonting, Anne Deluca, Hellen Bonnici, Filippo Sciglitano, Anthony Hanford, James Barwick, Gerry Akein, Carmelina Costanzo, Alki Christopoulos, Charlotte Mary, Frank Forbes, Teresita Grisancich, Wilma Pimenta, Kathy Smith, Paul Burton, Aloysius Silva, Shirley Poppen, Norma Medina, Florine Fernandes, Christine Hall, Esther Uwase and all who are ill in our Parish.